WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of his ongoing effort to restore the value of work in America, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has introduced paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave legislation. Earlier this month, Brown outlined his plan to make hard work pay off again, and over the next several months, Brown will be introducing legislation to implement his plan.
“This plan is about updating our economic policies, our retirement policies, and our labor laws to reflect today’s reality,” said Brown. “These are two important first steps we can take to invest in our workforce, and ensure that hard work is rewarded. We can’t build a strong economy without a strong middle class.”
Brown’s plan will make hard work pay off once again by doing four things:
1. Raising workers’ wages and benefits
2. Giving workers more power in the workplace
3. Making it possible for more workers to save for retirement
4. Encouraging more companies to invest in their workforces
Brown, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, also highlighted his plan as a way to support American workers and promote economic growth during a committee hearing on Tuesday.
Brown was joined on the call by Karen Franz of Cincinnati, who wrote into Brown’s office to support paid sick leave legislation. Ms. Franz was diagnosed with a rare and serious illness and was forced to miss several months of work. Because her employer allowed her to bank paid sick leave, she was able to maintain her employment.
“I was fortunate my employer allowed me to bank my paid sick and vacation time, but many workers are not as lucky as I was. It’s important that we have paid sick leave so that workers can take care of themselves without the threat of losing their jobs,” said Franz.
Brown and his office have been working on this plan since the fall of 2015. Some of the policies outlined in Brown’s plan are new ideas. Others Democrats have talked about before, but they’ve never been laid out as part of a broader agenda to restore the value of work for all Americans.
WORKING TOO HARD FOR TOO LITTLE:
A Plan for Restoring the Value of Work in America
Read the complete plan here.
1. Raise workers’ wages and benefits:
2. Give workers more power in the workplace:
3. Make it possible for more workers to save for retirement:
4. Encourage companies to invest in their workforces: